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George Washington guard Kethan Savage (11) drives to the basket as he is covered by Maryland forward Jonathan Graham, left, and Dez Wells, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the BB&T Classic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NCAA tourney notes: Kethan Savage return unlikely for GW

The Colonials have played for almost two months without the sophomore guard, whose broken left foot still hasn't completely healed. Savage tried to play during the Atlantic 10 tournament last weekend, but lasted barely a minute on the floor in a semifinal loss to VCU. Published March 20, 2014

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates his goal with Jack Hillen (38), Tom Wilson (43) and Nicklas Backstrom, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Another blown lead, but Caps recover for 4-3 win over Vancouver

Defenseman Mike Green's third-period goal lifts Washington to a much-needed victory after its 12th blown two-goal lead of the season, fifth in the third period alone. Alex Ovechkin recorded his NHL-best 45th goal and rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists in just his third NHL game. Published March 14, 2014

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, fights for position against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3), of Finland, and Lee Stempniak (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov eases into debut

Monday’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh marked the NHL debut for Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, the 21-year-old Russian who was a first-round pick in 2010, but took almost four years to arrive in Washington. Published March 11, 2014

Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) battles for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

A strong effort little solace for Caps

Time is running short for the Capitals. They have lost three of their last four games in regulation and another game ticked off the schedule. There are 16 left now and the next one is Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against a Penguins team they outplayed, but still couldn't beat in a 3-2 loss at Verizon Center on Monday night. Published March 11, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) gets tangles up with Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) as Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. The Penguins won 3-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz help Penguins foil Caps again

If the Capitals are going to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for a seventh consecutive year, a demanding schedule down the stretch demands they earn that berth the hard way. With back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins early this week, that's easier said than done. The first leg went to the visitors at Verizon Center on Monday night. Published March 11, 2014

Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner (17) skates during warmups prior to an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Caps GM George McPhee: On trade deadlines and team chemistry

Caps general manager George McPhee made three trades this week, bringing in winger Dustin Penner from Anaheim and goalie Jaroslav Halak from St. Louis while sending forward Martin Erat to Phoenix. After the NHL's trade deadline passed on Wednesday, McPhee spoke about the role team chemistry plays when he weighs a possible deal. Published March 6, 2014

Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond hits a solo home run in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Mets, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nationals have at least two years - and maybe more - to enjoy Ian Desmond

For now, Ian Desmond hopes to make the most of the next two seasons in Washington. He is not guaranteed any more than that after signing a two-year extension in January worth $17.5 million. Unless he signs a long-term deal with the club, Desmond can hit free agency and the lucrative open market after the 2015 season. Published March 6, 2014

Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, shakes hands with Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, after the Canadiens eliminated the Capitals from the NHL hockey playoffs with a 2-1 win Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Now a Capital, Jaroslav Halak will try to make new memories for D.C. fans

The goaltender once ruined the greatest season in Capitals history. Even four years later his name still evokes shivers from Verizon Center denizens. Those same fans must swallow their bitter memories from the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs and do the unthinkable: cheer for Halak. Published March 5, 2014

Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, celebrates the team's 2-1 win as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates off after Game 7 of the NHL hockey playoff series, Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps acquire goalie Jaroslav Halak from Buffalo

The Capitals have acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in return for goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla. Published March 5, 2014

Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner passes the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Capitals acquire left wing Dustin Penner from Ducks

The Capitals have acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick. Penner, 31, is a left wing with 13 goals and 19 assists this season under former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. He is in the final year of a contract that pays $2 million. Published March 4, 2014

The Capitals took Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov (center) with the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft. His playmaking ability has earned comparisons to countrymen Alexander Semin and Evgeni Malkin. (Associated Press)

Hurdles to clear before Evgeny Kuznetsov joins Caps

The 21-year-old Russian, Washington's first-round draft pick in 2010, played in his final regular season game with his hometown club, Traktor Chelyabinsk. Traktor missed qualifying for the KHL playoffs with a loss on Tuesday. Published March 4, 2014

Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10), of the Czech Republic, looks on during the first period an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps trade winger Martin Erat to Phoenix

Capitals forward Martin Erat, unhappy with his ice time, asked for a trade months ago. Less than 24 hours before the NHL's trade deadline, he finally got his wish. Published March 4, 2014